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Getting communication right ND
GovComms Podcast, September 14, 2020

Trish Johnston, Assistant Secretary at the Communications Advice Branch at the Australian Government Department of Finance, discusses how to embed communications strategy in every conversation, and how to deal with government policy when faced with complex communications decisions.

To listen go to GovComms Podcast
Homework: The future of the office ND
The Economist, September 14, 2020

The Economist Podcast examines whether workers are happier and more productive working remotely from home. The podcast explores the future of the officer, and investigates how workplace communication has changed because ofCOVID-19.

To listen go to The Economist
Investors that manage US$47tn demand world’s biggest polluters back plan for net-zero emissions ND
Adam Morton, The Guardian, September 14, 2020

A group representing investors that collectively manage more than US$47tn in assets has demanded the world’s biggest corporate polluters in an attempt to force the implementation of net-zero strategies.

To read more go to The Guardian
Rio Tinto exits seen reverberating across boardrooms ND
Paulina Duran and Byron Kaye, Reuters, September 11, 2020

The departure of Rio Tinto chief executive, Jean-Sebastian Jacques, over the destruction of the Juukan Gorge sites, has put mining companies and executives around the world on notice. In a push for more sustainable business decisions, pressures are growing for board rooms to address environmental and social issues.

To read more go to Reuters
Rio Tinto sackings won't solve Indigenous relations problem ND
Peter Ker, Australian Financial Review, September 10, 2020

Superannuation giant HESTA has warned against expectations that dismissals of Rio Tinto's senior executives would automatically fix the fractured relationship between mining companies and traditional owners.

To read more go to Australian Financial Review
Rallying around purpose: An interview with IAG's managing director & CEO ND
Jason Li, McKinsey Quarterly, September 8, 2020

Peter Harmer, managing director and CEO of Insurance Australia Group sat down with McKinsey to discuss the COVID-19 crisis, the "Asian Century", and why IAG is doing well to manage the current economic and health crisis.

To read more go to McKinsey & Co
Journalists perceive stories published in local news outlets to be less newsworthy ND
Mark Coddington & Seth Lewis, Nieman Lab September 8, 2020

A survey-based experiment with 1,510 American newspaper journalists has discovered journalists consider news stories published in national publications didn't give stories a newsworthiness boost compared to the same story being unpublished or published by a mid-size paper. However, a story published in a local newspaper was seen as less newsworthy than one that hadn’t been published at all.

To read more go to Nieman Lab
Boeing discloses new flaw with 787 jet as problems mount ND
Chris Isidore, CNN Business, September 8, 2020

Boeing's woes continue after the company disclosed a new problem with the manufacturing of its 787 Dreamliner, in addition to setbacks in delayed deliveries and cancelled orders. The company has struggled to contain the issues caused as a result of last year's flight disasters.

To read this article go to CNN Business
Leading crucial conversations - with Kylie Walker ND
GovComms: The Future of Government Communications, September 6, 2020

In this podcast, Kylie Walker from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering gives a masterclass on how to build communication plans from day one.

To listen to the podcast go to GovComms
Facebook and Twitter ban Russian accounts trying to influence US politics ND
ABC News, September 2, 2020

Facebook and Twitter have deleted several Russian-based accounts posing as freelance news sites. “We see these actors continuing to try to target public debate ahead of the US 2020 elections, and they're not having a lot of success," Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher said. Twitter has also promised to add ‘context’ to its trending topics section “to improve trends.”

To read more go to ABC News
Starting a new job is hard. So is being made redundant. Working from home during COVID-19 makes both even harder ND
This Working Life, September 2, 2020

Employees being made redundant during COVID-19 are facing new challenges. Given current restrictions, “caring for people during the redundancy process is important for both the individual being made redundant, and for the company's brand,” says Gabrielle Harris, the chief executive of a management consulting firm. According to the podcast, research has showed that employees who were welcomed in a way that allowed them to express their individuality stayed in an organisation longer than those who were indoctrinated into an established company culture.

To listen to the podcast go to This Working Life
Unilever to drop fossil fuels from cleaning products by 2030 ND
Siddharth Cavale, Reuters, September 2, 2020

Unilever has pledged one billion euros by 2030, to lower the creation of carbon emissions by one-fifth created from the production of its cleaning products. Instead of petrochemicals, the company will now use constituents created from plants and other biological sources. Currently, the company emits about 100 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents globally, but also aims reduce this to net zero from its own operations and its suppliers by 2039.

To read more go to Reuters
Facebook threatens news sharing ban in Australia ND
BBC, September 1, 2020

Facebook has threatened a news sharing ban for its Australian users. This comes in response to a new law forcing the company to pay publishers for their articles. In response, ACCC chairman, Rod Sims said: "The code simply aims to bring fairness and transparency to Facebook and Google's relationships with Australian news media businesses."

To read more go to BBC
Rio Tinto boss to meet with traditional owners in Pilbara after company blasted ancient rock shelters ND
AAP, The Guardian August 31, 2020

Rio Tinto’s CEO, Jean-Sebastien Jacques, has pledged to hold talks with the Pilbara people after the company’s destruction of their 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge shelters. Rio Tinto also issued a written apology to the Indigenous group, apologizing for the destruction.

To read more go to The Guardian
Machine-enhanced decision making; and clapping, flapping drones ND
Future Tense, ABC Podcasts, August 30, 2020

Artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies are now being used to make important business and legal decisions. This podcast episode asks subject-matter experts what works and what still needs refinement.

To listen to the podcast go to ABC Podcasts
AustralianSuper seeks tougher penalties for Rio Tinto cave blast ND
Nick Toscano, Sydney Morning Herald, August 26, 2020

AustralianSuper has met with Rio Tinto arguing that the executive bonus cuts announced earlier this week fall significantly short of appropriate corporate accountability. Ian Silk, chief executive of Australia’s largest superannuation fund made it clear to Rio Tinto’s chairman that the proposed penalties were an inadequate punishment.

To read more go to The Sydney Morning Herald
Parliamentary committee recommends press freedom changes in wake of ABC, News Corp raid ND
Matthew Doran, ABC News, August 26, 2020

A review of press freedom by the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) has recommended search warrants for journalists’ homes and offices should only be issued by senior judges. The probe also recommended a review on how national security legislation is being applied to the classification of government documents, amid concerns from journalists.

To read more go to ABC News
CEOs speed up digital push and downsize offices, KPMG survey shows ND
William Schomberg, Reuters, August 25, 2020

A global KPMG survey has found 80 per cent of business leaders have accelerated their digital expansion plans during the coronavirus lockdown as they adjust to remote working. The survey also showed companies plan to reduce office spaces.

To read more go to Reuters
Rio Tinto executives lose millions in bonuses over destruction of Juukan Gorge ND
Calla Wahlquist, The Guardian, August 24, 2020

Rio Tinto CEO, Jean-Sebasiten Jacques, has lost nearly $5 million in bonuses, and the head of its Australian ore group will lose more than $1 million in bonuses after an internal review found the company had “systematic failures in the cultural heritage management system.” This comes after the destruction of a 46,000 Aboriginal heritage site at Juukan Gorge. Likewise The internal report released by Rio Tinto found its failures were “symptomatic of a work culture that was more focused on ensuring that necessary approvals and consents were in place for ground disturbance of culturally significant sites, rather than also managing changing cultural heritage issues.”

To read more go to The Guardian
'We aren't stopping at BHP': Calls for investors to back push to stop sacred site mining ND
Nick Toscano, Sydney Morning Herald, August 24, 2020

Indigenous land groups are lobbying shareholders of mining companies in an attempt to stop drilling activities being conducted on sacred sites. Indigenous land rights group, First Nations Heritage Alliance has thrown its support behind shareholder activism targeted at giving Indigenous people more rights over ancestral lands.

To read more go to The Sydney Morning Herald
Alibaba tells Trump ‘we support American brands’ ND
BBC News, August 21, 2020

Alibaba has moved to ease tensions with Donald Trump, after the President signed two executive orders targeting the Chinese-owned video-sharing app TikTok and messaging platform WeChat.

To read more go to BBC
Insurance giant Suncorp to end coverage and finance for oil and gas industry ND
Graham Readfearn, The Guardian, August 21, 2020

Suncorp will end any financing or insuring of the oil and gas industry by 2025, continuing its ban on funding for new thermal coal projects. The company’s new sector guidelines are at odds with the advice of the Federal Government’s COVID-19 Advisory Commission.

To read more go to The Guardian
Facebook faces hate speech backlash in another big market ND
Manish Singh, TechCrunch, Monday August 17, 2020

Facebook is facing mounting pressure in its biggest user market, India, over a report claiming the company compromised its hate speech policy to favour Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP party.

To read more go to TechCrunch
New study reveals what minority employees now think about inclusion efforts ND
Cassie Weber, Quartz, Saturday August 15, 2020

A July 2020 study on fairness in the workplace (including Australia, the UK, US, and Singapore) found mixed results about how people in minority groups are treated at work.

To read more go to Quartz
Coronavirus crisis: Woolworths appoints its first medical officer ND
The West Australian, August 14, 2020

Woolworths has become the first Australian retailer to appoint a chief medical officer (CMO). The position was created to shape the retailer’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and provide Woolworths Group with expert medical advice to shape company policies and strengthen customer safety.

To read more go to West Australian